US holding joint military drill with South Korea
Latest North Korean threats more concerning?
- Duration 5:00
- Date Mar 11, 2013
Latest North Korean threats more concerning?
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All right now tensions are high and the Korean Peninsula North Korea threatening war.
As the United States holds joint military drills with South Korea the United States has 30000 troops more or less in net.
Demilitarized zone you might hear about that referred to as a DMZ.
This is to protect the people South Korea.
From northern aggression post -- in warm.
And North Korea is vowing to launch a nuclear attack on the United States and has reportedly scrapped armistice that ended the Korean warm.
Joining us now might just say he's managing director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
And general Jack Keane is awesome at this retired four star general former vice chief of staff of the army in a Fox News military analyst -- general we just showed.
I some of the video from these military drills sometimes are called war games why do we do these drills with South Korea.
Well we had -- have to.
Be ready and prepared for any any aggression that North Korea.
May use on the south and militaries have to practice and if you've got two different countries here.
With different -- different procedures we they have the practice together to be good -- -- because they would gladly be fighting together but Jetta we've been doing these exercises were almost.
Sixty years so this isn't something new.
The degree of bellicose -- the and I think Saber rattling.
On this particular exercise by the north Koreans that the volume of and I think is little different.
And that's why -- to set the stage -- anyway.
-- for what's going I -- in the southern peninsula this country because my guys -- -- says it happens every year.
The Associated Press says though that North -- words -- rhetoric.
Our war war alike.
-- normal what makes their comments different.
Jenin North -- very unpredictable and they made threats to attack the USO with a nuclear strike I think that's a bit of a stretch.
-- doesn't seem like they have that capability yet.
But they're also making threats against South -- I think those threats are much more credible.
In part because of those 2010 attacks on South Korea which you were showing video of earlier.
These things have to be taken seriously and obviously because North Korea has nuclear weapons.
Because it has a relatively untested young leader that unpredictability that danger is higher now than ever before.
Do you agree general -- more danger now than ever before.
Well I do think there's an issue what the new leader I mean this fall there and his grandfather.
So they are in the respective side -- country I think he still vying for some of that I think is a shortly is is probably a factor and and I believe that has something to do with the degree of Saber rattling that's that's going on here -- -- the other issue.
That's frustrated him so much is they you know after the last test.
The nuclear test that is and a ballistic -- to back in February and December respectively.
In he had world condemnation.
And also -- US lot of effort in the UN.
To -- increase the sanctions on.
North Korea which just was passed last week so I think that kind of public notoriety frustrates him and then also contributes to.
So some of the volume of this.
What are the questions that because Michael is what is our response we heard the states that department spokeswoman say that they find at North Korea's actions regrettable.
What else should we be doing what I'll surely be -- Man that's -- -- -- diplomatic speak it is a very difficult problem you know we've tried sanctions.
And there's more seasons in North Korea in just about any country in the world but they.
Haven't really -- -- leadership's point of -- despite sort of close in the country off to the world.
We -- talks in the past and those have shown some promise but they get haven't really changed the leadership's mind and they haven't even commits China to really change its approach.
Because North Korea Korea is quite useful.
I so I think what we're trying to do -- -- contain North Korea to kind of maintain the status quo is that -- -- -- I think it.
I frankly I think whether they say it or not that that is the de facto policy but.
But look containment only works to an extent North Korea's nuclear arsenal is improving.
They're sharing nuclear technology with countries like Syria and Iran.
And of course they feel a certain measurements unity to attack South Korean conventional attacks -- a real problem.
Real quick check -- -- be more aggressive whatever that means and what what that.
Well everything we've tried to date has failed -- us Michael's right about that of these guys now have nuclear weapons and we tried for years to stop that.
But I think -- -- objective.
Should be regime change I'm not suggestion we do that by bill Torrey force put it should be our geo political objective.
To remove that regime and hopefully to encourage those who live on that averaging would do everything that we can.
Unify that peninsula.
General -- Michael saying great to have you both with us today of course -- -- -- at a North Korea almost every day now.
So we're gonna continue to watch -- story about and see what happens that we had thank you.
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